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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 12, 2014

2014/12/12

At the invitation of Vice President Nyan Tun of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Vice President Li Yuanchao will travel to Myanmar to attend the closing ceremony of the 2014 China-ASEAN Cultural Exchange Year from December 16 to 17.

Q: Ziad Abu Ein, head of the Palestine's Commission Against the Separation Wall and Settlements, was beaten to death by the Israeli military soldiers during a peaceful protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah. What is China's comment on that?

A: China follows this incident closely, and is saddened by the tragic death of Mr. Abu Ein. We strongly urge the Israeli side to carry out thorough investigation into this incident. Recently, Jerusalem and the West Bank have witnessed continuous blood-shedding, which is disturbing. We once again call on Israel and Palestine to exercise restraint, and take effective measures to avoid escalating tension and create conditions for the resumption of peace talks.

Q: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will begin weighing options in January for a new set of crucial governance and funding reforms after the US Congress again refused to ratify the IMF 2010 governance and funding reform plan. What is China's comment on that?

A: China is deeply disappointed that the US Congress again failed to endorse the 2010 quota and governance reform plan in the budget bill. To implement the 2010 reform plan is of utmost importance to preserve the credibility, effectiveness and legitimacy of the IMF. Therefore, China will continue to urge the US to ratify the plan as soon as possible. In accordance with the decision of the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the commitment made on the G20 Brisbane Leaders' Summit, China calls on all parties to participate in the discussions actively on the plan to improve the IMF's quota and governance structure. China is willing to play a constructive role to ensure that pending the final entry into force of the 2010 reform plan, emerging markets and developing countries can enjoy a larger quota and a greater say.

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